What is SSP?
How does SSP work?
- Inside an SSP unit is a symmetrically shaped gas channel which has a gas inlet on one side and a gas outlet at the opposite end. Using a Bucket Brigade process, we bring the sidewalls inside the gas channel to vibrate. This vibration makes the gas inside the gas channel move in a desired direction, forwards or backwards.
- By controlling the vibrations (frequency, intensity, phase-shift), the SSP unit can change the gas speed and the pumped gas volume.
- There are no rotating parts inside an SSP drive. There are no objects inside the gas channel (no blades, no cylinders, etc) which is why a foreign object that by accident may fall inside an SSP unit will not get stuck.
What is the difference between MCA and SSP (Gas Jet Drives)?
A Solid-State drive (called SSP, for Solid State Pump) is a sub-segment of an MCA drive. Instead of pushing an object by means of magnetic fields, an SSP drive is pushing / pumping gas. It can be used to build very flat air ventilation systems and it can be used as a Gas Jet Engine (for planes and astronauts). An SSP unit consists of a process controller and an application specific actuator array.
To sum up, inside every MCA drive is an SSP controller that manages the magnetic propulsion process.